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Re: [tor-talk] Node Down and Old Version Notifications
Interesting! My node never got any of these notifications. I wonder why
that is. I'll check this out!
On 12/17/18 4:02 PM, Chris Dagdigian wrote:
I think someone else is already doing this -- at least for down nodes
I run a small exit node and when the box gets OOM and hangs I get an
email with the subject: "[Tor Weather] Node Down!"
And that has a URL about the maintainer and code:
The original Tor Weather was decommissioned by the Tor project and
this replacement is now maintained independently. You can learn more here:
Kevin Gallagher <mailto:kcg295@xxxxxxx>
December 17, 2018 at 3:58 PM
The other day I got a really helpful e-mail. It seems a person named
Paul wrote a program to check the PGP key servers and e-mail people
to let them know that their keys are about to expire. After updating
my key I thought about how an approach like this on the Tor consensus
could be used to notify people when their Tor node goes down, or when
their version of Tor is out of date and therefore their node becomes
Though such a tool might be useful, I wonder if it is in the spirit
of Tor. I know that a lot of people obfuscate their e-mail when
running a Tor node (using AT instead of @, etc.), and I'm sure part
of the reason this is being done is because they don't want to be
contacted by bots. However, maybe they would want to be notified if
their node went down or was out of date.
Are there any thoughts on whether or not a tool like this is a good
idea? If people think it's in the spirit of Tor I'm willing to sit
down and try to write it up.
Center For Cybersecurity
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
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